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Having their say at the 2020 VALID conference

21 September 2020

In February, OC Connections (OCC) participants, Aidan, Ben, Bernadette, Colin and Richard took part in the Having a Say Conference, held at the Deakin University, Waterfront Campus in Geelong. Tina, OCC Disability Educator, instigated the group’s participation at the conference. Some of the group were attending the Having a Say conference for a second time, […]

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Thank you to The Metropolitan Golf Club!

We are very excited to announce the fantastic fundraising effort of our long-standing supporter, The Metropolitan Golf Club. Joan Cumbrae-Stewart, Women’s President from The Metropolitan Golf Club recently presented OCC CEO, Therese Desmond with a cheque for $16,260.30. The money was raised from a combination of activities during their inaugural Charity Week last November and […]

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CEO 2020 outlook

Welcome to the first OC Connections (OCC) newsletter for 2020. 2020 will be an exciting year for OCC. We have many innovative and inspirational things planned that will increase our support offering for participants. I look forward to sharing these with you as they are unveiled over the coming months. The National Disability Insurance Scheme […]

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Building independence through travel

OC Connections (OCC) participant Deb recently travelled to Perth to visit her family for Christmas. She was supported by Jen, a Disability Support Work from OCC.  Having supported Deb on a previous visit to Perth in June 2019, Jen was happy and honoured that Deb’s family requested that she support Deb again over Christmas.  How […]

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A summer sojourn to remember for Delia St. residents

Community Living residents, Colin, David, Donnie and Craig had a wonderful four day summer holiday on the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas in January.  Staying at the Tootgarook holiday house they were supported by Disability Support Workers, Leo and Kulecha from OC Connections (OCC).  Day 1 – Departing for the Tootgarook Holiday House  With Leo driving, […]

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New Towards Employment initiative launched

20 September 2020

In January, our new employment pathway, Towards Employment, commenced at Mackie Road Neighbourhood House, Mulgrave. This pathway provides the opportunity for participants to take part in activities that build the skills and confidence to find and keep meaningful employment over a one or two year period. To date, our group has explored safety in the […]

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Spreading the Christmas cheer

Another Christmas has been and gone and so too another successful OC Connections (OCC) Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Our largest fundraiser of the year, 2019 was no exception. In the month of December, we sold over 1300 trees with the help of over 120 volunteers who we rely on to sell, transport, bail, and select trees […]

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Fit and active at OC Connections

Hannah, Disability Educator at OC Connections (OCC) runs the Fit and Active Group on Monday mornings. The Fit and Active group aims to encourage participation in physical activity to develop skills, improve fitness and mobility and maintain health. Recently, the group acquired a brand new table tennis table using fund raising money donated to the […]

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Plant a tree day

OC Connections were pleased to be invited to the Waverley Toyota School Tree Day on Friday 26th July at the Glenallen School in Glen Waverley. The day featured tree planting, face painting, a fun photo booth and celebrity guests. It was a great success for the 150 students who attend the school. The day started […]

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